Correspondence with M.P. Raj Saini


12 national not-for-profits representing AIDS, spondylitis, arthritis, hospice, cardiac, crohn’s and colitis, gastrointestinal, Huntington’s, skin cancer and spondylitis patients among others, as well as pharmacists, united to oppose the Finance Minister’s plan to tax medical cannabis.

The following form letter concerning Bill C-74 was opened by Canadian’s For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM)

From: Greg Thornton []
Sent: 26 April 2018 10:26 AM
To: Saini, Raj – M.P.
Cc: Poilievre, Pierre – M.P.; Julian, Peter – M.P.; Easter, Wayne – M.P.; Albas, Dan – M.P.; Fergus, Greg – Député; Grewal, Raj – M.P.; Khera, Kamal – M.P.; Kmiec, Tom – M.P.; Lightbound, Joël – Député; McLeod, Michael – M.P.; O’Connell, Jennifer – M.P.; Sorbara, Francesco – M.P.; ~Finance/Finances; Morneau, Bill – M.P.
Subject: Bill C-74 Feedback: Don’t tax my medicine!

Dear Raj Saini MP,

CC: House Standing Committee on Finance Members

I am writing you, my local MP, and members of the House Standing Committee on Finance today because I am very concerned by the government’s plan to put a sin tax on my medical cannabis.

There’s still a chance to do the right thing and change the budget’s proposal to put a sin tax on my medicine. I’m asking you, as a fellow Canadian and constituent, to support an amendment to Bill C-74 in the Standing Committee on Finance to remove the newly proposed excise tax on medicinal cannabis. There’s still a chance for you to stand up for the 269,000+ medical cannabis patients in your community and across the country.

As a medical cannabis patient, I’m already struggling with the costs of my prescribed medication and now the government wants to treat my medicine in the same way it treats alcohol, gasoline, and tobacco? My medical cannabis is not recreational. I don’t use it to have a good time after a long day at work. It is a medicine that was recommended by my health care provider to treat a serious medical condition. I’m already struggling to pay the costs of this necessary medicine and putting a sin tax on my medicine will make it even harder for me to afford the medicine I need.

I know that in Canada we don’t think medicine is something that should be taxed. That’s not how we treat patients who are already suffering and just trying to get treatment. Please do the right thing and stand up for my rights as a patient, and the rights of medical cannabis patients across Canada.

Yours sincerely, Greg Thornton Kitchener, Ontario, N2G, Canada

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Today, I received the following response:

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As a recipient of the Ontario Disability Support Program, I have to chose between basic necessities and medication on a monthly basis. There is no coverage that I’ve been able to access, and though taxing cannabis for recreational purposes may be a good way to generate revenue, it’s not right to tax medical users who already struggle with costs.

I had more to say than #DontTaxMedicine

Dear Mr. Saini,

I have been using cannabis for medical purposes since my early 20’s. After my son was born, Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region had concerns surrounding my drug use. I went through extensive medical examinations by specialists, but was only able to get a referral to a dispensary. That was not considered a prescription. I needed to find a family doctor willing to provide a federal exemption. I went through 4 doctors in 4 years, until I found one willing to grant a federal exemption under the MMAR in 2012. Ever since getting a prescription, my legal supply of medication has been obstructed by application wait times with Licensed Producers and federal program changes (4-6 months at a time). I would rather see the product before making a purchase, and prefer the products I have accessed from unlicensed dispensaries which is why I’ve provided affidavits to lawyers defending them in court. These businesses should be supported, not raided or threatened with insurmountable fines. Also, Licensed Producers should at the very least have quality control measures in effect to prevent contaminated product from making it to the patient, rather than issuing recalls.I’ve just designated a grower under the ACMPR.  I do not have coverage for my medication through the Ontario Disability Support program. As a pharmacist by trade, I’m sure you’re aware Health Canada still doesn’t recognize cannabis as medicine, though information can be obtained on their website regarding how to access cannabis for medical purposes. These access programs are a result of charter challenges being brought fourth in the Superior Court of Justice by medical users having patients rights recognized. My medication works. It is not potentially therapeutic. I am not interested in a trial of pharmaceutical derivatives. I was directed by my ODSP office to apply for the Ontario Drug Benefit Exceptional Access Program. I was denied, but learned the DIN assigned to medical marihuana inh is; 09854553. This means that every federal exempt patient already has a cannabis product with a DIN. In addition, the World Health Organization found no adverse health outcomes but rather several medical applications for cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is not associated with abuse potential. “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” In fact, evidence suggests that CBD mitigates the effects of THC, according to this and other reports. These products should not have the same restrictions as products containing THC, since CBD can be derived from hemp, which has been legal in Ontario since 1997.

I wrote to you in support of the Canadians For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana campaign #Don’tTaxMedicine, but there is a deeper issue with regard to access. There is no age limit on illness. Youth may also suffer from conditions which could very well be treated with medical cannabis, and the fear mongering of reefer madness is not going to keep the devils lettuce out of the hands of our children. I believe competent parenting and honesty is the best policy, but the liberal monopoly seems to have sights set on profits not patients.

Doctors don’t want to be gatekeepers, and the black market continues to thrive because people prefer their friendly neighbourhood drug dealer to faceless corporate entities. I’m sure you’re aware of the opiate crisis, and the role cannabis could play in harm reduction by helping addicts through withdrawal symptoms. The body count from these pharmaceuticals continues to climb, and I’m worried for my children. At the ages of 5 and 10, my boys were already offered a prescription for meth. Thankfully, my former spouse got a second opinion, where they were given clonidine. I have seen what meth has done to people on the streets, and abhor the recommendation by a physician to medicate my children without first providing a definitive diagnosis. My gateway came on a prescription pad, and I can only hope my boys don’t suffer as a result of the same industry in which your trade revolves. Please keep in mind that my concerns include corporate profits verging on criminal. Cannabis can be produced for a few dollars a gram, or less. Patients in need should not be a guarantee for investors. Personal production would be preferential, but not everyone, myself included, has a space to grow. Dispensaries were created by capable growers fulfilling a need in the medical community. As Health Canada and our Government work towards a legal recreational market, I would expect the rights medical cannabis patients have fought for to be considered.

I would appreciate if you could take the time to address these concerns,


Greg Thornton, Kitchener Centre, N2G-4T6

Meeting with Raj June 1st at 2:00 p.m. 209 Frederick St. Kitchener



I’ve come across a number of tutorials on preparing infused chocolates. The following is my preferred method. Approximately 1/4 oz to 150g of chocolate seems to be a good ratio, but this can be adjusted for personal preference/potency.Screenshot-2018-4-29 (JPEG Image, 768 × 517 pixels).png

Not all recommend decarboxylation, but for those of you vaping your herb, this is a reason to save the flower you’ve previously enjoyed. It won’t yield a product as strong as a nug you just broke up, but you can always mix your vaped herb with some fresh greens. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Find a ratio that works for you. For the batch I’m currently preparing, I added a couple grams of vaped herb to 1/4 oz of cured flower, which I decarboxylated in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.  Waste not want not.

Place a metal bowl over a pot of water, (double boiler) and add the chocolate before turning on the heat. With small batches like this, you can shut off the element once the chocolate starts to melt. Shutting off your element will prevent you from over heating the chocolate. The water should be hot enough by that point to finish the process.

If you’re leaving the cannabis in, you’ll want to have a fairly fine grind and be sure to pull out large stems. I personally don’t mind the extra fiber, and full spectrum of cannabinoids. You can also strain the plant material once the THC has had a chance to bond with the fat. If you’re after a smoother mouth feel, I would recommend adding a spoonful of coconut oil.

Fold in the cannabis, and give the compounds a chance to get to know each other. There’s no rush. I’m leaving this batch on the pot of water to cool to room temperature, before warming it again to pour into the molds. To change it up, I’ll add add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a sprinkle of instant coffee. Apparently it’s now prohibited to mix caffeine with cannabis, but if you consider that cannabis is still not an approved therapeutic drug in Canada, you may as well do what you damn well please while preparing your own therapeutic dose of cannachocolate.

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Let em cool, pop em out of the mold, have a bite and see how you did. I’m straining a few of these, and filling the rest of the mold with a little more chocolate which I’ll be mixing with the strained material. Nothing wrong with stretching it as far as you can, but keep in mind the potency will vary. Alternatively, cannabis concentrates can easily be infused with cocoa butter, then added to the chocolate itself. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, try infusing cannabis into a ganache type filling, and make yourself some bonbons or other type of filled chocolate. A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.

I registered with this online dispensary for a free sample. A few days later, I received an 1/8th of an ounce  in the mail…. 3.5 grams of Bubba Kush, just for making a profile? No hassles, no processing times like with the LPs….  I was intrigued. 22181517_10159312890100398_2702700339055068347_o.jpg It was the AAAA quality as advertised; smelled great, burned nice, and seemed worth promoting, especially with the promise of referral bonuses. Budstar’s multi level marketing doesn’t require a purchase, so I had nothing to lose by sharing the web link with my unique user id.  I wasn’t expecting the kickbacks to keep trickling in, but after a few months, I had enough credit to order an ounce of the budget bud. $99/oz + $20 shipping and $4.95 tax = $123.95. The lowest I’ve ever seen an an ounce of cannabis priced (and I didn’t spend a dime). The package couldn’t have arrived at a more appropriate time: the morning of 4/20. When I opened the bag, I was hit with a pleasant aroma. The weight was there, and it was all bud. No shake, no bottoms, just bud. Budget Budz

Though it was an unidentified mix of strains, I was not disappointed. The quality was better than I was anticipating, considering the product description;Screenshot-2018-4-20 category types - Budstar ca has a promotion on from now until May 15. New Budstar members qualify for a FREE vape pen ($39 value) when they pay $20 shipping. The top 3 existing members with the most signups under their unique link win $1000 (first prize), $500 (second) and $250 (third). Winners will be notified May 16, when the prize credits are added to their accounts. Credits can be used for menu items, which include; flavoured distillate vape pens, shatter, hash, hash oil, budder, gummies, or cannabis. If you’re all stocked up, you can take a pre-paid VISA instead. Join the multilevel marketing of cannabis products here

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Medical Cannabis coverage for Wilfred Laurier University students?

After completing the preparatory phase of the Access to University program, I  reached out to Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana – CFAMM founder Jonathan Zaid. With Jonathan’s support, I began exploring the possibility of making cannabis prescription coverage available through the student benefit package. It’s my  hope that, Laurier Students’ Union will view the option to choose cannabis over traditional pharmaceuticals as being in the interest of Wilfrid Laurier University students, especially in the midst of an ongoing opiate epidemic.

Hi Jonathan,

I wanted to start off by thanking you for all of the work you’ve done involving cannabis, from the live stream with SheCann, to speaking before the House of Commons in regard to bill C-45. I did what I could as a student culinary at Conestoga College, to bring awareness to the nutritional benefits of hemp (which was missing from the curriculum), and the medical need for edible cannabis products. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anywhere when I submitted the unlisted drug product form to the insurance providers, or find any support when I brought the concept of a mobile decarboxylation service to entrepreneur services.

I’m now registered with Wilfred Laurier University via the Access to University program, thanks to funding from the Lyle S Hallman Foundation, facilitated by The Working Center. I will be able to use the student benefits, but won’t have access to the grants and bursaries I was able to obtain while at Conestoga (which I used to cover the cost of my medication while enrolled at the college).
I’ve sent the unlisted drug product form to my family doctor, and was told by the wellness center at the university that I could inquire about which medications are covered by the benefit provider at the Udesk. Is there any support you are able to offer, or direction you could provide to support the goal of obtaining coverage for my medical use of cannabis?
*I’ve designated a grower, who is willing to provide receipts of my purchases.

Hi Greg,

Thanks for the kind words. Since medical cannabis isn’t included in insurance plans, the plan sponsor (likely the student union) generally has to be the one to instruct their provider to start covering it. This is a process that can take some time and may come at added cost to the plan sponsor, but with that said, a number of plans have gone down this path and cover medical cannabis. I have never heard of a plan that reimburses DG expenses though (only LP).
As the student union is likely the one who is the plan sponsor on the student’s benefits plan, I’d recommend you reach out to them directly.

Jonathan Zaid

I started with an inquiry at the UDesk, asking whether anyone had sought coverage for medical cannabis before. I was told the best person to speak with would be the member benefits and services manager, Kelly Lee. After being directed to the Student’s Union, I was surprised I was able to speak with the woman in charge right away.
Kelly informed me that Laurier has it’s own insurance plan, not a big benefit provider like blue cross (where Jonathan Zaid had successful been granted coverage, while attending the University of Waterloo). One student had brought the subject up to her, but there would only be consideration for what would benefit the majority of students. I insisted that the majority might chose cannabis, if it were an option. Kelly threw me off a little when she said things might change when it’s legal. I’m not sure if she had considered the distinction between medical and recreational use, but I was able to set up a meeting, where I could present my information. In attendance were Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union President Kanwar Brar,  Member Benefits and Services Manager Kelly Lee, along with Jonathan Zaid via teleconference

During the meeting, I started with some medical history, mentioned recent findings, and concluded with a testimonial.  Federal Medical Marijuana Access Regulations program began in 2001, after a court of appeal found the law prohibiting cannabis possession unconstitutional (1997). There were 2 categories for medical applicants; the first was for cancer, aids, Parkinson’s, and other serious conditions. The second was for knee pain, back pain, general pain, insomnia, and anxiety. I was granted my MMAR in 2012 after a diagnosis of Degenerative Disk Disease. I also treat; migraines, IBS/GERD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and anxiety. Heath Canada still doesn’t recognize cannabis as medicine, but you can obtain information on their website to access cannabis for medical purposes.

The World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence concluded that in it’s pure state, cannabidiol (CBD) does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. Kelly mentioned that the most prescribed medication is anti-anxiety, and was unaware of the anti-anxiety potential of CBD.

After the numerous pharmaceutical trials I’ve undergone, I can say with confidence that cannabis would benefit the majority, if coverage for medical use were available through the student benefit package. I prefer a single treatment for multiple ailments, over a combination of separate medications to manage each symptom. I would rather avoid potential side effects, and adverse interactions between prescriptions.

The only question Kelly really had for me, was how I came to acquire my original exemption. I recalled that I sought the recommendation of a specialist, Dr. Mark Latowski, after Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region saw my drug use as a concern. After providing urine samples to prove I wasn’t using any other drugs, I was referred to the Toronto Compassion Club. I was provided a member ID which stated “a licensed doctor has diagnosed the cardholder with a serious chronic or terminal illness for which cannabis has been shown to be beneficial.” Unfortunately, the referral to a grey market dispensary to treat IBS symptoms wasn’t support from a doctor, according to my case worker. (Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan, stated “dispensaries are at the heart of cannabis access.”) I ended up getting my MMAR from a new family doctor, after providing the results of an MRI, and a diagnosis of Degenerative Disk Disease.

Jonathan mentioned that he had been discussing a 1 year pilot program with a school on the west coast, but the details are not yet public. He can be reached for further information, in addition to connecting interested parties with researchers, physicians, as well as other experts in the field of cannabis at; | | (416) 837-5972

I will be following up occasionally through the vetting process. Advisors at Campbell & Co and Blue Cross are to be consulted, and I would be willing to attend future meetings on the subject, with the Dean of Students, the Director of Health Services, and the Wellness Center, if at all possible.


How Integrity is maintained in Kitchener Courts

FTP Impunity

Madorin, Snyder LLP should be proud of Filipe A. Mendes. He’s one of those lawyers who are capable of using alternative facts to help maintain the integrity of the justice system. Mendes had Waterloo Regional Police Service Constable Ashley Dietrich perjure herself as a witness during GMT v THOMAS, and was able to maintain the credibility of the defendant.

Civil claim GMT v THOMAS was simplified by Richard Marchak Criminal Law Office, to focus on Cst. Ryan Thomas’ excessive use of force, during the course of the arrest

Following the decision of Deputy Justice Sebastian Winny, (which accepted the officer’s recanting their original versions of events, new descriptions fundamentally distorted when compared to video footage, and outright lies to justify ordering costs against the plaintiff) private information was laid 3 times at Waterloo Region Court House before a pre-enquette hearing was granted.
The Crown admitted the officers perjured themselves, in addition to entering false evidence, but argued the applicable section of the criminal code (132. Every one who commits perjury is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years) required mens reas, and argued the officers’ intent could never be proven.
On appeal of the small claim, false information in the Deputy Justice’s decision was disputed by the self representing litigant, citing witness statements and physical actions in the video. Justice Gordon argued the witnesses were not present at trial, and it was Winny’s discretion as to which evidence was considered. Justice Hambly determined no judicial misconduct in Winny’s decision.

Police services act schedule code of conduct Section 2.(1)(d) Deceit, in that he or she,(i) knowingly makes or signs a false statement in a record,(ii) wilfully or negligently makes a false, misleading or inaccurate statement pertaining to official duties.
OIPRD executive director Gerry McNeilly is satisfied with the outcome of the 2012 investigative report, which suppresses multiple police services act violations, and notes the final decision had been rendered by former Chief, Matt Torigian (who now serves as Deputy Minister of Community Safety). The former Chief is no longer subject to the Police Services Act, code of conduct section 2. (1) Any chief of police or other police officer commits misconduct if he or she engages in, (a) Discreditable Conduct, in that he or she (viii) withholds or suppresses a complaint or report against a member of a police force or about the policies of or services provided by the police force of which the officer is a member.
Let’s not forget Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation former staff members, who alleged the plaintiff had uttered a death threat against his former spouse, to justify giving the ultimatum; leave with her child or risk his apprehension. The intake worker and supervisor were requested by the plaintiff to appear as witnesses. It took until after the civil claim had been heard before the Child and Family Services Review Board ordered the society to forward correspondence to their former staff members. No record of a death threat appears outside of the civil decision. 21768144_10159273658560398_2969071956351188264_n

Julian Ichim appears as council before Deputy Justice Sebastian Winny

I was lounging with my girlfriend, Amanda, after she finished working night shift. Her phone received a text from Diane Berkeley, informing us that Julian Ichim had requested a bench warrant for me to appear as a witness for Betty McCabe.  I was aware that my review of Pino’s Salon & Medispa had been entered as an exhibit in Betty’s small claim against Diane, but I did not identify Betty as the masseuse, or Diane as her boyfriends’ ex. Diane had a falling out with Betty and Francis Dean, after they tried crawling into bed with her, naked.

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Betty’s plaintiff claim was delivered to my residence, which I assumed was due to it being Diane’s last known address. I tried calling the court house, but was unable to reach the manager of court operations. Court staff couldn’t access the file, because it was before the court. I decided to would be best to go down and enter the court room, which was in session, and told staff that I would be asking the Justice directly (in order to get to the bottom of this rumor that a bench warrant had been issued for me). Staff requested that we first take a number at the civil counter before doing so. I was accompanied by Amanda, Wolfgang (my emotional support animal), and two staff members. Court staff wrote the Deputy Justice a note explaining that I was not served a summons, and was under the impression that a bench warrant had been issued for me to appear as a witness.

The Deputy Justice asked why my message was being delivered in a way that it would not appear on record, and read the note aloud. I asked if he had in fact issued a bench warrant for me to appear as a witness, and was told that was just a rumor. I said that I was sick of this piece of shit (referring to Ichim) and wanted nothing to do with either party. (I also mentioned that I have a submission to the law society of Upper Canada regarding the representation I had from Julian’s sister, Gloria.) Winny said it was clear I had issue with council, and asked Ichim if he still wanted me to appear as a witness. Betty nodded, and Julian reluctantly said that his client wished to proceed. I said that she wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and saw Winny restrain his amusement.

Julian was directed to finish questioning Diane, who was still on the stand, waiting for cross examination to continue. Winny kept asking the reasoning for Julian’s questions, and indicated that his line of questioning was irrelevant. When asked why I was being called as a witness, Julian’s rambling response wasn’t enough to convince Winny to allow me to take the stand. I was told that Julian was planning to use me as a witness to testify against Diane. Betty and Julian apparently claimed that I had a sexual relationship with Diane, and that the $5000 that Diane loaned to Betty was a gift. I left right after Winny told Julian to stop trying to play lawyer, because he is uneducated and clearly unfamiliar with the process. Ruling was in favour of Diane Berkely, and Betty was ordered to pay back the loan (with an extra $750 on top). Guess she should have taken the offer to settle.

As a side note, Deputy Justice Sebastian Winny was the one who ruled against me when I tried holding Constable Ryan Thomas accountable for his excessive use of force during the course of my arrest in the lobby of Family and Children’s Services. Winny accepted the officers versions of events, though Constable Ashley Dietrich clearly perjured herself as a witness (recanting false evidence during cross examination, previously entered to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and Crown’s disclosure in Mental Health Court). I owe $1200 in legal fees to the officer who struck me after I placed both hands behind my back, based on his perception that I “could have” been assaultive. Unable to find legal advice, I tried to self represent an appeal of Winny’s decision, focusing on the inconsistencies, but failed proceduraly.

That was the appeal Julian’s sister, Gloria Ichim, interrupted in order to bring me down to criminal court. Julian hired Gloria on my behalf. She had amalgamated charges against my wishes, and advised me to enter a guilty plea. The separate charges were; mischief under $5000 for pouring jam on the lion and lamb at WRPS North Division, and uttering threats to Constable Cox over the phone (when he refused to respond to the contractor next door trespassing and threatening to make sure I’d never see my children again). I wanted to enter the plea for the “heinous act of mischief,” but intended to go to trial for “uttering threats to cause the death of my landlord.” Gloria wouldn’t represent me at trial because the crown wanted me to go to jail. I needed to finish the last 4 classes in the culinary management program at Conestoga, in order to complete my second career contract (which I had obtained through CMHA’s Bridging Employment Supports).  Gloria went from telling me she would get me off the jam charge, to preventing me from exercising my right to a fair trial. I later learned trial had actually been scheduled for the day after, and wanted assistance withdrawing the plea so I could attempt to self represent. Gloria collected legal aid for assisting me in entering the plea, but told me she wasn’t my lawyer anymore. I filed a charter challenge to appeal the summary conviction, and was told there was no merit to my appeal because I knew what I was doing when entering the plea.  I’ve submitted a complaint to the Law Society of Upper Canada regarding Ichim’s representation, but apparently they’re fine with a family lawyer amalgomating criminal charges against a clients wish, and dumptrucking (entering a plea rather than offering a defence) for legal aid money.


Justice Allen refuses to issue fines to schizophrenic alcoholics

Sitting in court room 105 this morning, Justice Allen was heard telling the Crown that if it was unconstitutional for one victim surcharge fine, all were, and none would be granted today. The Crown indicated that he would still be asking for each individually for the remainder of the matters, and suggested the Justice may, or may not, have opposition when he goes to Ottawa

over the course of the morning, 4 people were sent back and fourth in custody because of missing informations.

Justice Allen told the crown it was his responsibility to make sure the paperwork was there. The Crown said he didn’t have access to the court records. The Justice told him he could go make them do their jobs. The Crown asked for an order requesting the documents. Justice Allen yelled that he didn’t need to issue an order for paperwork that is required for the proceedings

He said if anyone else appeared before him and didn’t have papers, they would walk.



Cannabis Lounges in KW?

ACCASource: Cannabis Lounges in KW?

Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness


Misinformation is dangerous. Reefer madness has taken on new forms for corporate interest, and former sources of information considered to be an authority in substance use, are being questioned. A racist brochure, created by Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services, somehow made it’s way to the information desk at Canadian Mental Health Association.  St. Mary’s Addictions Services in Kitchener, was telling people in attendance for drug counseling a testimonial about; a friend of a friend who knew a guy that overdosed and died from THC, after eating a pot brownie at a party. When asked to site their sources, the so called professionals who became defensive, revealed their ignorance.  With legalization looming, the need for credible education is desperate.

About 4-5 months ago, Cory Orr and Tony Millar, founders of Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness (ACCA), sparked some interest at 44 Gaukel. The two were referred to the Waterloo Region Small Business Center, where they connected with small business advisor Rob Clemet. WRSBC board of directors voted on ACCA’s application for funding, and came to a 50/50 split decision. Special thanks goes out to Rob, for advocating on on Tony and Cory’s behalf. ACCA is to be the first cannabis related business, approved for a grant!

The City of Kitchener hasn’t been very responsive to those seeking permits to offer safe access to cannabis, or lounges for consumption. Dispensaries that operated within the region were threatened with fines. Some closed their doors, while others continued to supply patients until they were raided.  Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi warns “If you operate one of these facilities, consider yourself on notice,” yet the “offense of compassion” clearly has public support.  Justices tasked with sentencing  the owners of these facilities are giving absolute discharges. Licensed Producers under the ACMPR have been recalling product mailed to patients, while those seeking access from dispensaries are pushed back into the black market.

Grey market dispensaries, like the Toronto Compassion Club, have been managing physician prescribed access to medical marijuana since 1997. The majority of public safety concerns stem from both a lack of understanding, and implementation of the values which created these grey markets in the first place. ACCA believes that craft cannabis has a place in the market, but does feel the need to advise the public of any lingering concerns. Last summer, The Globe and Mail investigated products being supplied to patients at 9 dispensaries in Toronto. The results were not what most would expect. Lisa Campbell, chairwoman of Women Grow Toronto, told VICE she’s hoping there will be a constructive conversation about regulating recreational versus medical dispensaries instead of having knee-jerk policies put in place. Norml Canada declares that the criminal prohibition of the cultivation and use of cannabis is no longer the most suitable measure for protecting public health and welfare and preventing the diversion of drugs into illicit traffic.

ACCA’s primary goal is to educate the public, and acknowledge there is good and bad everywhere. “Everyone wants it (a lounge), but no one wants their name on it.” Court decisions continue upholding patients rights, while the The Minister of Health claims the government needs more time to work on designing an appropriate regulatory system to develop and implement regulations.  ACCA acknowledges information provided by Health Canada is updated regularly, and cite current publications in order to maintain credibility.

Professor David Hammond at the University of Waterloo, has been a great resource for ACCA, with his graduate and student supervision. Hammond, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, focuses his research on chronic disease prevention and global health in the areas of tobacco control policy, health diets and obesity prevention, as well as harm reduction and drug policy. Professor Hammond is studying the effects of vaporizing cannabis, to better support students with related research interests in cannabis and harm reduction.

ACCA began hosting information sessions at UC Vape September 15th 2017. Edible Awareness , was inspired by Lisa Campbell’s presentation to the Toronto Business Licensing Committee, and R v Smith. Owen Smith, former head baker for the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada, was acquitted of unlawful possession of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking, after police found large amounts of cannabis-infused olive oil and cookies in his apartment. Smith argued that this was a fight against families, and that medical marijuana users should have the right to consume marijuana in other ways than smoking.  The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the R v Smith decision on edibles in 2015. Surprisingly, edibles were originally excluded from the legalization plans for July 2018. Last week, Canada’s standing committee on health voted to amend Bill C-45, the bill that will eventually legalize cannabis for all Canadians. The first amendment was the inclusion of edibles no later than 12 months after legalization has been enacted. The frivolous 100-cm height limit on the four plants Canadians will be allowed to grow at home was also dismissed. ACCA hosted guest speakers from Magical Butter and the Green Market, as well as Charlene Freedom, who discussed the topical application of cannabis products.

The second information night, entitled Extract Awareness, included live demonstrations with a hydraulic rosin press by Rosin Arts and a live ice water extraction using Bubble Bags. These presses and bags will potentially be made available for rental in the near future.  Another partner, Blue River will be the supplier of terpenes. According to their website, Blue River offers the widest selection of award winning full spectrum essential oils naturally derived from whole plant cultivars. Their prices are based on grade, yield, and availability. These pure essential oil products are designed to be used as a diluent for aromatherapy and vaporization.

Cannabis Lounges and Activism, ACCA’S third installment of their ongoing mission to educate the public, drew some media attention. Jody Emery went into detail about her tireless efforts within political circles, while keeping Cannabis Culture Magazine alive following Marc Emery’s extradition. Jody worked diligently to keep things going while Marc served his time, but the Prince of Pot’s empire sounds as though it has seen better days. Abi Roach reminisced about when she started renting out a vapourizer back in 2003, to people looking for a place to consume their cannabis. The Hotbox Cafe in Toronto is celebrating it’s 14th year in operation. In the evenings “Hot Box Afterdark” hosts music and special events after 7pm. The Afterdark promotes itself as a great alternative to the bar scene. Abi spoke about how people need to consider what they’re advocating against, and that people shouldn’t have to get their pot from bikers.

Canna Relief, a product that soon to be on shelves at your local Shoppers Drug Mart, was available for sample.  The CBD drink is a specially formulated supplement containing a synergistic blend of vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and 20mg of pure CO2 extracted CBD derived from hemp stalk and seed. CannaSafety are confident that CannaRelief will help you control and manage THC anxiety so that you can safely and therapeutically benefit from your personal medicine.

Patients First Action Plan for Heath Care aims to bridge the gap for patients to Access, Connect, Inform, Protect. “Although dispensaries were not a focus of the parties’ submissions, I find Ms. Shaw’s evidence [as a representative of the dispensaries] to be extremely important as dispensaries are at the heart of cannabis access,” Justice Phelan, Reasons for Judgment (February 2016) Allard decision. “Municipalities seem to want to help, but don’t want to put themselves at risk” said Millar. Provinces are going to have to manage the regulatory aspects, but the proposed framework for new legislation does not leave room for the current market.  On their website, the Liberal Party says “We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.” New penalties would range from a simple police citation to 14 years behind bars, along with a “zero-tolerance approach” to drug-impaired driving, and a “robust” public awareness campaign.

John Howard Society, Perspectives on Canadian Drug Policy excerpt; Because there were no advocates for the treatment of drug users prior to the late 1950s, it was easy for enforcement-related interests to implement harsh anti-drug legislation. This also meant that although drug users were often thought of as “sick,” imprisonment was a priority over treatment (Blackwell 1988:163). In addition, because habitual drug use was associated mostly with Chinese immigrants, many Canadians felt they were “immune from the effects of harsh drug legislation” (Alexander 1990:32).

Canadians deserve evidence based harm reduction strategies. Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness is working with front runners in the early stages of a legal market, to provide the most up to date information, and in the near future, a place where the culture can thrive. Safe consumption sites will help integrate the shift in consciousness, as stigma is replaced by awareness.

WRPS reaction to witness comments

Vulnerable sector or no vulnerable sector, use of force will be initiated as a means of gaining compliance, for officer safety, whether criminal action or unwelcome comment


I went for a walk downtown the other morning to hand out some resumes, when I heard yelling out front of Money Mart. A homeless boy was being arrested. Rather than drop kicking those pigs, I asked the two cops on top of him why they needed to have their knees in his back.

Cst. Richard Dorling had just pulled up (in the blue gloves) and said I must be unfamiliar with arrest procedure… To which I replied; that’s assault. I was told if I didn’t fuck off I would be obstructing police. I asked how I was obstructing, while walking around to the other side of the cruiser. I started yelling that Waterloo Regional Police Service was assaulting a homeless kid. Cst. Dorling took a swipe at me, so I ran across the street and down to the gazz bar, figuring the jack boot thug was too lazy to follow. A tenant in the apartments across the street caught the following videos

I started looking in the open bay door of the Downtown Auto Center at 24 Gaukel, for someone to hand my resume to. I could hear the cruiser as it flew down the alley towards me, and sure enough, Cst. Dorling got out, immediately grabbing my arm. I asked what the fuck he was doing, as Cst. McCourt rode up on his bicycle to assist. The two constables began trying to trip me, as I stepped over their legs. I said I used to work at the Gazz Bar, and was trying to give my resume to the owner, Greg Pilecki.

Dorling said if I didn’t get on my knees, he would taze me. I dropped down to my knees and heard, “face down, now” as the two officers shoved. I started down slowly, and my head was slammed to the ground. Dorling shoved his fingers in my mouth, and accused me of trying to bite him, as I tried asking why the fuck he was shoving his fingers in my mouth. The cuffs were tightened, and i was put in the back of the cruiser. Dorling balled up my resumes, saying I would never work downtown again. 19477694_10158823092640398_1305581320550769780_o.jpg

I asked if the officers if they were familiar with OIPRD complaints;
or vulnerable sector registration;

(I registered vulnerable sector after it was recommended by F&CS, following the altercation in their lobby

I have nothing left to lose, and when I see an injustice, I will call it as I see it. I actually heard my phone ring from my property bag, and later found out it was my probation officer calling to set a date to terminate terms and conditions of my probation order.
(I have 5 months left for pouring jam on a statue in response to murder, and later “uttering threats” to an officer refusing to respond to a trespass and harassment.)

My name was run and my rights were read. I made it clear I was not denying my right to council. The prick marched me in to Central holding, announcing that he had a cop hater who wants to fight the police. I asked if I was being charged with assault. Dorling read charges of obstruction and cause disturbance. There was no peace to disturb, and I ran away after being told to vacate, so I’m not sure how I was obstructing an arrest at King and Water while being forced to the ground at Charles and Gaukel. I guess I’ll find out when I receive the disclosure, in August.

James, the homeless boy, was taken from the holding cell by paramedics to hospital.

In central holding, the water was not running to the cells. Two cups were brought to me, and I suggested that one be given to James (the homeless boy). The officer responded that what he needed was a hose. I suggested to the staff sergeant that James should be taken to a hospital, and was told they were trying to reach medical personnel, but had to go outside to use the radio, because the phones were down. Duty council said it took 25 min to get a call through, and I had to be walked to another room to use a phone. I was released on a promise to appear, went to CMHA to request mental health and justice support, then to the hospital to have my injuries documented. FTPimpunity







Information from Disclosure:
Officers claim I was enticing James Morgan, and apparently stated the he did not have to obey the officer’s commands, because he was being assaulted. “It became much more difficult to control the male once THORNTON became involved”.. Apparently I knew I was going to be arrested, and tried to run in to the mechanic shop. The officers claim to have both told me I was under arrest, and in response I was (allegedly) passive resistant by not allowing the officers to put my hands behind my back.

“…the safety of everyone involved was at risk due to civilians and vehicles up on platforms and dangerous tools around.” THE ONLY DANGEROUS TOOLS PRESENT WERE  THE ARMED LUNATICS CHASING PEOPLE DOWN THE STREET. (Greg Pelecki laughed picturing the image of me with the resumes in hand, getting thrown to the ground out of nowhere.)

The officers claim I did not comply. I did. The officers claim an arm-bar take down was ineffective, as well as the leg sweeps (which never work). At least it’s mentioned I didn’t make a move or gesture to assault either of them. They claim my resistance was the reason for the threat of the tazer. I think it’s because they realized they were not capable of physically manipulating me. It’s easier to comply WHEN A COMMAND IS GIVEN

I may or may not have tried to stand after being kneed in the rib, but it says nothing about the Nazi rapist shoving his gloved hands in my mouth….

*October 20th 2017; peace bond signed naming arresting officers and charges withdrawn.

*February 27th 2018; Human Rights Tribunal submission (linking 2012-2015-2017 incidents)

*March 12th 2018: OIPRD complaint before Guelph Police unsubstantiated. (To be submitted for appeal before civilian review board)

December 2018; Chief Bryan Larkin’s decision to unsubstantiate upheld



Joey Bornino The person who ratted on Greg Thornton.

WRPS informant
photo bomb

Joey gave me the lemon simple syrup base used in the jamming of the lion and lamb statue, then ratted me out for my civil act of disobedience (which was labeled a brazen act of mischief… meanwhile the officer who shot and killed Beau Baker was cleared of any wrong doing)

05/22/2014 1:17pm
Keith -hey can you go on the link i just posted and vote for my buddies song, were trying to get him into the top ten for the world

Greg- what song?

K-the one it takes you to called jhaydee by hrzn

G-k, done

K-thanks man


08/08/2014 3:59pm
G-want anything played on 100.3?

K-You work at a radio station?

G-came to be interviewed ended up here alone

K-Haha nice, but nah im not listening to the radio

G-i thought you were promoting a buddys music

K-Yeah its joeys music

G-ok.. he sent me a couple songs

K-Yea lol


Police would not have the power nor capacity to do harm to the cause without police informants who provide them with information, testimony and intelligence to carry out their dirty deeds. As such their is nothing more despicable then rat or an informant who sides with the state and throws his comrades in jail.In the case of Joey Bornino when police went to Conestoga College to interview people about the description of the clothing taken from the CCTV camera of the person who drenched the lion and lamb statue outside the police station he pointed out to the police that it was his fellow classmate who had those clothing and wrote a statement in which he condemned his fellow classmate with criminal charges. Despite the fact that this action was a political protest of the murder of a person by police he chose to side with the state and criminalize…

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